FLL Explore Budget and Funding

FLL Explore Financial Information

  • New FLL Explore Teams can expect to pay around $400 to get started. This fee allows your team to be officially registered with FIRST, provides your team with an Explore Set, and access to purchase a discounted reusable LEGO SPIKE Essential set off. After the first year, teams can expect to pay less, since they will be able to reuse their programmable LEGO set year after year. The reoccurring costs will be Team Registration for FIRST.
    • Every Year Cost

      FIRST FLL Explore Team Registration: $125

      This fee will be paid to FIRST. What does this include?

      • Official FIRST LEGO League Explore team number
      • Explore (LEGO) Set
      • Printed/electronic copies of the Team Meeting Guide and Engineering Notebooks.
      • Ability to register and participate in FIRST LEGO League Explore Expos
      • Access to the FIRST storefront to purchase the discounted LEGO SPIKE Essential Sets.
      • Access to team roster to register mentors and participants.
      Iowa FLL Explore Event Registration Fee: Free
      Thanks to a donor, all Iowa FLL Explore teams can attend Iowa FLL Explore Expos free of charge. To register for an Expo, please visit our Iowa FLL Explore Expo Registration.

    • One Time Cost

      LEGO SPIKE Essential Kit (with shipping) $265
      This LEGO set has motors, sensors, gears and a smarthub. Teams will have the option to purchase at a discount through the FIRST team registration site after you have paid the team registration fee. Though the LEGO WeDo 2.0 kit is retired, teams can still use the kit instead.
    • Other Costs

      • Laptop or Tablet: To program your LEGO Kit.
      • Team Swag Materials: (Shirts, accessories, ext.) if the team desires.
      • Trifold Board and/or Project Materials: Materials for your Show-Me Poster can be as simple or complex as you would like.
      • Travel Related Funds

Learn more about the following areas by clicking the corresponding links Pricing & Payment, Cost & Registration, and Payment Terms.

Grants and Fundraising

If you want to start a team but need help getting started financially, many grants are available through sponsors looking to diversify the STEM fields. FIRST offers a number of fundraising ideas along with access to grants and scholarships offered locally, regionally and nationally by outside corporations and companies.

  • Grants available for 2022-2023 Season

    John Deere Grants
    John Deere and FIRST are together committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion which encourages teams to be more innovation, creative, and make better decisions. We encourage your team to support and encourage diversity within your team.

    Requirements (see link for more details):

    • Teams must not have paid their registration fee prior to receiving their grant
    • Coaches, lead mentors will need to complete the free, three part, on-line FIRST Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion training
    • Teams need to be located within a 40-mile driving distance from the nearest John Deere office (alternative for virtual support available)
      In Iowa, Des Moines, Dubuque, Paton, Ottumwa, Quad Cities, and Waterloo
    John Deere Application
    Raytheon Technologies Grants
    Any FIRST LEGO League teams with a Raytheon Technologies (including Raytheon, Collins Aerospace, and Pratt & Whitney) employee mentor and/or coach qualifies for a company sponsored team grant. FIRST LEGO League grants come in the form of registration and product grants dependent on the age and needs of the team.


    • Open to rookie and veteran teams
    • No location restrictions
    • Teams must not have paid their registration fee prior to receiving their grant
    • Teams must have an employee mentor/coach

    Only Raytheon Technologies employees can find more information on their internal website.
    RTX Internal Website

    Arconic Foundation Grants
    Arconic Foundation partners with nonprofit and community organizations to strengthen its communities by enhancing education through skill-building learning experiences, promoting environmental sustainability, and advancing social equity. Arconic Foundation is independently endowed and invests in the communities of Arconic Corporation.


    • Teams must register with FIRST and hold at least a temporary team number prior to applying for a grant
    • Must be participating on a FIRST® team for the current 2022-23 season
    • Team must be located within one of the following Iowa counties: Clinton, Muscatine, Scott
    Arconic Application